Clean Water

LOCAL ROTARIANS provide clean water and environmental support for Africa’s Spice Islands.

Clean Water

Whilst the world fights the coronavirus, the Rotary club of Oadby Launde provides support to defeat environmental pollution in Zanzibar.

Rotarian John Niblett reports.


In recent years tourism has replaced the tradition of herb and spice growing on the islands.



In the 1960’s Zanzibar supplied the world with Cloves, since then they have suffered a takeover from the mainland (now Tanzania) and Tourism.

Although tourism is now responsible for most of the Islands GDP, it only employs 30,000 people (about 2.5% of the population). 

Tourists consume ten times more water than the locals and all but a few of the biggest hotels deposit their sewage into the sea as well as on the land (a thin covering of soil over coral). 

80% of the islands plastic waste is produced by tourists and illegally dumped around the islands. 

The small villages obtain water from wells which are all becoming more contaminated from the lack of sewage treatment, increase in population and tourism.( A newly dug well is shown in the picture.)


The water from this well has been analysed and is of good quality but 20metres below ground. Even with the winding gear shown top left of this picture it takes 2-3 minutes to raise and lower a bucket. The winding gear is basic, suffers from continuous use and severely limits the amount of water that can be obtained.

Working in partnership with a Rotary club in Zanzibar and a local contact in Oadby, The Rotary Club of Oadby Launde and Rotary Foundation are financing the construction of a Solar Powered pumping system to fill a 5000-litre header tank from the power of the sun. This will provide a low maintenance system that allows locals to fill their water containers at the turn of a tap.

John Niblett, the Rotary club’s International Officer said “We are pleased to be working with partners in Rotary and locally in Zanaibar, fighting environmental pollution and providing clean drinking water”


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